APRNs are advanced practice registered nurses who evaluate patients, diagnose, drive on diagnostic tests to initiate and manage treatment, including prescribing medications.
Unfortunately, Louisiana regulations have put in place highly restrictive regulatory barriers to allow APRNs to practice to the full extent of their education and training.
However, recently introduced legislation, House Bill (HB) 495, would grant these qualified Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) full practice authority in Louisiana.
Further, the bill would:
- Provide for greater access to essential health care services in all areas of the state.
- Improve the primary care provider workforce shortage by eliminating unnecessary red tape for nurse practitioners.
- Remove delays in care created by dated regulations, so that patients can receive timely needed care.
- Help improve access to health care for the 95% of Louisianans currently living in a Health Care Professional Shortage Area.
Legislators in Baton Rouge should work to fix our health care system by allowing APRNs to have full practice authority and provide safe, expert, and cost-effective care in our state.
Not only would this benefit all Louisianans, but especially women and children living in rural or marginalized communities.
Urge your lawmaker to support HB 495 and work for solutions to the lack of primary health care in Louisiana!